MLB In Full Bloom 12/9/2013

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65 – Number of days until pitchers and catchers report

112– Number of days until Opening Day

The Winter Meetings have begun in Orlando for the next four days. Everyone in the industry is there to take part in what really is a trade show. On this first official day of business there have been some big stories that are already breaking so let's not waste any time.

MLB NEWS & NOTES

  • Roy Halladay announced his retirement after 16 seasons. He will sign a one-day contract with the Toronto Blue Jays and retire in the uniform of the team that drafted him as a first rounder back in 1995. Halladay is an 8-time All Star with 203 career wins. He is a two-time CY Young Award winner and he threw a perfect game on May 29th, 2010 against the Marlins. He has the fifth highest winning percentage of all time. He had a great career and it seems like yesterday that he was the most feared pitcher in the game and now he is gone.
  • Carlos Beltran and the New York Yankees agreed on a three-year deal for $45 million. Beltran always had his sites on the Bronx and its quite possible that he just preferred to play for the Yankees.
  • Mike Napoli and the Boston Red Sox agreed on a two-year deal for $32 million. It's a nice raise for Napoli who earned just $5 million on a one-year pact from the Red Sox in 2013 after hip issues caused his original deal to fall through. Napoli will continue to function as the Red Sox primary first baseman.
  • Hiroki Kuroda and the New York Yankees agreed on a one-year deal for $16 million. Kuroda had debated heading back to Japan, but has opted for another one-year pact with the Bombers instead. He was the most consistent starter in the Yankees rotation last season, posting a 3.31 ERA  in just over 200 innings.
  • Garrett Jones and the Miami Marlins agreed to a two-year deal. Jones is going to platoon at first base and right field for the Marlins and will provide decent run production.
  • Chad Qualls and the Houston Astros agreed on to a two-year deal for $6 million. After tough 2012, Qualls rebounded to post a 2.61 ERA and 1.23 as a middle reliever with the Marlins this past season. Qualls could also see some late-game action with Houston.
  • The Los Angeles Dodgers have expressed their interest to the Tampa Bay Rays in regards to a David Price trade. It makes perfect sense the Dodgers would have these discussions, but the odds of it happening are low. They don't have many top prospects and any deal for Price is going to come at a premium price.  Price is also drawing interest from the Mariners, Angels, Pirates, Rangers, Diamondbacks and Blue Jays.
  • Congratulations to Bobby Cox, Tony LaRussa, and Joe Torre for their election to  the Baseball Hall of Fame this morning. It's well deserved for all three of them.